Ongoing Events & Groups
The Dharma Center offers open practice programs and kalyana mitta groups (spiritual friends) that are open to those with particular affinities, such as specific age groups or identities.
The following programs are offered on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha.
There is no fee for participating in these programs. (There are, however, fees for daylong retreats and classes—as well as ample scholarships.) We invite our practitioners to offer a donation in the baskets by the door to the meditation hall.
“We pay attention with respect and interest, so we may understand what is true. And seeing what is true, the heart becomes free.”
Regular Weekly and Monthly Groups
Monday Evening Sitting Meditation & Dharma Talk >>
Our Monday night sit is the Dharma Center’s most popular offering. After a short period of announcements, there is a 35-minute sitting meditation, followed by a dharma talk offered by a member of our Dharma Council or a guest speaker. Time: Every Monday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening Sitting Meditation & Short Reading >>
Our Thursday night sit includes a 45-minute sitting meditation and, occasionally, a reading offered by a senior student. This program is typically quieter than the Monday night sit. Time: Every Thursday, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Friday Afternoon Dharma >>
This hour-long program includes a 30-minute sitting meditation and a short dharma reflection offered by a member of our Dharma Council or a special guest. Time: Select Fridays, Noon to 1:00 p.m. For a current schedule, please click here
Sati Sundays >>
Sati is the word for mindfulness in Pali, the language of the Buddha. This Sunday morning program includes a 45-minute sitting meditation, readings on Buddhist topics, and discussion. Katherine Barr, one of our community dharma elders, facilitates our Sati Sundays. She can be reached at email@example.com or 970-769-3417 for any questions. Time: Second and Fourth Sundays, 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. (Occasionally daylong or weekend retreats are held on Sundays instead of this offering. Please double-check our calendar.)
People of Color Sangha >>
The People of Color Sangha is a new group at the Dharma Center that welcomes anyone identifying as a person of color to gather together in sangha. Sangha is the ancient Pali word for community—community connected by a shared intention to explore and deepen in the Buddhist-based practices of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion. By practicing together and honoring our shared experience in a safe and welcoming space, we have the opportunity to cultivate this spiritual path and explore how these powerful teachings of the heart relate to our everyday lives and lived experience. This group’s meetings include a meditation and dharma discussion facilitated by Yong Oh, a community dharma leader and retreat-teacher-in-training. For more information and to sign up for the email list, please email Yong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: Select Sundays, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Alphabet KM Group >>
Co-facilitators Elisabeth Peterson, Robert Bridges, and Molly Gierasch, along with mentor Katherine Barr, have come together with the desire and intent to support folks who experience the world through the lenses of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and non-binary identities.
We honor all of the diverse and beautiful ways we humans practice and express our need to love and be loved, to be happy, to be safe, and to hold ourselves and each other with compassion and kindness. We are reaching out to the Durango Dharma Center sangha to invite all folks who claim an LGBTQI identity to join us in building a safe sanctuary in which we can practice sitting meditation, share our stories, and discuss how the Dharma shows up in our lives. We also hope to explore ways to take our practice off the cushion and become engaged in social justice issues of concern to us rainbow people. Time: First and Third Tuesdays, of every month, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Extended Practice >>
This program is designed for meditators who wish to practice in longer periods of silence. This small group does a sitting meditation for 45 minutes, walking meditation for 20 minutes, and sitting meditation for another 45 minutes. Time: First, Third and Fifth Sundays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and third Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Spiritual Friends (Kalyana Mitta) Groups
The Buddha greatly emphasized the importance of spiritual friendship in supporting our spiritual development. In spiritual friends (kalyana mitta) groups, practitioners come together to study a particular topic or in support and friendship around common life experiences such as age groups or other identities. The groups offer a beautiful opportunity to practice more deeply together. The Dharma Center’s kalyana mitta groups are typically led by peer facilitators, and facilitators are mentored by a member of the Dharma Council.
Mindfulness 12-Step Group
The Mindfulness-Based 12 Step Group is an open gathering blending mindfulness and the 12 Steps as resource tools for developing healthy relationships with ourselves and all other people, places, and things. This group is open to those who seek support for addiction and co-dependence as well as those who are affected by addiction. All are welcome. Time: Wednesdays, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. AND Sundays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Senior Generation Group (Sen Gen)
The Sen Gen group is open to all spiritual friends ages 60 years or older with an interest in learning and contributing to discussions about the “three heavenly messengers” of aging, illness, and death. Topics range from aging well to passing on legacies and planning for death with worst- and best-case scenarios. The safety and security of the group allows practitioners to contemplate these and other topics with clarity and depth. The group uses discussion, working in dyads/triads, and journaling. A dozen facilitators take turns organizing and moderating the sessions, and the group is mentored by Katherine Barr. For more information or to join the Sen Gen email list, please contact Ellen Park at email@example.com. Click here to visit the Durango Sen Gen website. Time: Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. There are no meetings in August.
Middle Generation Group (Mid Gen)
Our Mid Gen group is open to anyone who identifies as being “midlife,” regardless of specific age. (If you feel too old for Next Gen and too young for Sen Gen, Mid Gen is for you!) This group practices a brief sitting meditation followed by explorations of spiritual practice and navigating this unique stage of life. Each meeting begins with a different topic or theme. For more information or to join the Mid Gen email list, please contact Jeanne Pastore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Time: First and Third Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Next Generation Mindfulness Group (Next Gen)
Next Gen is a group for people in their 20s and 30s. These hour-long meetings include a short sitting meditation, reflection, and sharing. The group often goes out to a local restaurant afterwards to continue our conversations. All young (ish) people are welcome! For more information or to join the Next Gen email list, please contact Liz Cosgrove at email@example.com. Time: Second Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mindful Parenting and Family Group
The family program is open to all who engage with children. In support of families, we offer regularly scheduled events that incorporate mindfulness and mindful living for both parents and children. We also offer conscious parenting classes taught by Maureen Fallon-Cyr. Anyone who has children in their lives is welcome, so we encourage grandparents, teachers, aunts, uncles, and others to participate. For more information about the group and to sign up for updates, please contact Liz Cosgrove at firstname.lastname@example.org.